by Dr Luke Whaley, Professor Frances Cleaver and Felece Katusiime (UPGro Hidden Crisis) In Uganda, waterpoint committees exist more in name than in reality. Many waterpoints have been ‘personalised’. That is to say, they are under the control of one or a small number of individuals. Moreover, where local management arrangements (of any sort) are effective they … Continue reading “The borehole is not a madman” 3 reasons why Community Based Management demands a rethink
by Dr John Butterworth, IRC WASH Ethiopia - re-posted with permission Climate resilient WASH is about new ways of working across the traditional humanitarian and development sectors. We went to one of the harshest spots in Ethiopia, and surely in the world, to find out more. Photo: An existing water point in Afdera, Afar … Continue reading Getting to the heart of climate resilient WASH
First published on the CAWST blog, reposted with thanks The goal: ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. The task at hand, right now: learn quickly from failure and share lessons learned. Scaling-up of WASH service coverage will require a focus on both affordable infrastructure and enabling environments. CAWST … Continue reading Achieving SDG 6: The Need for Local Centres of WASH Expertise and How to Do It
by Dr Fabio Fussi, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca The role of groundwater data in rural water supply has changed markedly in over the last few year: 6th RWSN Forum in Kampala, 2011: Some pilot projects of groundwater data collection and organization is presented. Uganda is presenting its groundwater atlas, a promising example for other … Continue reading Why is Groundwater Data important?
Too often, valuable data sits dormant in PDF reports and excel spreadsheets, never being used to its full potential to improve services. Join this webinar and learn from people trying to change that. Joining Global Water Challenge will be Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) sharing findings from their Data Dive of the Water Point Data Exchange … Continue reading WPDx webinar: Beyond Water Point Mapping: Putting Data to Work for Improved Services
The challenge of achieving the SDGs is upon us and with this concrete and short-term objective, the sector is finally taking the issue of financing more seriously, which is a very good thing but not before time. Whilst a few years ago finance was the privilege of a selected few, everyone is now talking about it; however, whether this is a case of better late than never still needs to be proven.
RWSN member, Muthi Nhlema, has challenged the government of Malawi over how groundwater is used for rural water supplies: 30% of water points are not working across the country and he points to declining groundwater levels being a major factor. Mr Nhlema therefore challenged the wisdom of further drilling and groundwater development, if the use … Continue reading Declining groundwater levels in Malawi impacting rural water supplies